Staten Island ferry resumes normal service after staffing problems

The Staten Island ferry returned to running every 30 minutes from both Whitehall and St. George on Thursday afternoon, just one day after a frustrating evening for commuters.

Staten Island Ferry Service was slashed Wednesday and then suspended overnight. Hourly service resumed at 6 a.m. with the first boat leaving from St. George’s Terminal. 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams blamed the disruption on a significant amount of ferry workers calling out sick.

However, the union representing the workers says it was not a planned "Call-out."

According to the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard requires each ferry to have at least one captain and one assistant captain, as well as other positions like deckhand onboard, or else the ferry cannot legally operate. 

To make up for the delays, the ferry offered free, additional service for commuters. 

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